The end of DACA: 800,000 peoples’ futures squashed by tiny hands


U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S., May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Daniela Barhanna

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WASHINGTON ­– Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“We love all immigrants,” said Sessions during his announcement, “We just don’t like the illegal immigrants, or the brown immigrants, or the black immigrants.”

DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers”, are people who were brought to the U.S. as children, and have received approval to go to school and work legally in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.

While President Trump didn’t announce the decision to end DACA himself, he did make a statement via social media.

“They’re not children, stop calling them innocent children,” wrote Trump. “They may have been children when they were brought here, but they’re grown adults now!”

Earlier this month Trump joined other Republicans in blaming former president Obama for the political turmoil, the former president is responsible for the executive order Trump repeatedly has called “unconstitutional.”

“As president it is my duty to defend the Constitution,” said Trump, who earlier this year banned transgender military recruits and travelers from Muslim-majority countries. “This is Obama’s mess and now ‘I’m the bad guy!’”

Many legal experts have expressed concern that ending DACA would be “devastating” for the young ‘Dreamers’, many of whom have known no other country but America.

“Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is cruel, “ said one legal expert. “After telling ‘Dreamers’ they had nothing to worry about during his campaign, he now leaves the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people uncertain”

“Listen, I love people, I love all people, believe me, but we have to put America first,” said Trump in response. “I love these people, I have great love for them, they’re terrific people, but Obama created this order so it has to go.”

In response to the suggestions that the president’s own wife, Melania Trump, would have been a priority for deportation under the new immigration rules, the president said, “It doesn’t count, no American wanted the job she has.”